Kyiv forces used Ukrainian-made Grom 2 missiles in the attack, Sergey Aksyonov says
Two ballistic missiles were shot down by air defenses over Russian Crimea early Saturday, according to the region’s chief.
Sergey Aksyonov said the missiles were fired at the peninsula by Kyiv forces, from a Ukrainian-made Grom-2 system.
The official noted that there were no casualties or destruction resulting from the strike.
“I ask everyone to remain calm and trust only reliable sources of information,” Aksyonov wrote, addressing the people of Crimea.
Grom-2 (Thunder) is a Ukrainian short-range ballistic missile system that combines features of a tactical missile system and a multiple rocket launcher. Development of the hardware began in the mid-2010s. Its latest version, intended for export, is said to have a range of 280 kilometers (174 miles).
Crimean authorities also reported a strike using Grom-2 in early May. It was also two missiles, both of which were shot down, they said.
Crimea, which voted overwhelmingly to reunite with Russia in 2014 after a Western-backed coup in Kiev, has been a frequent target of Ukrainian attacks since the Moscow-Kiev conflict erupted in February 2022.
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The incursions mainly involve drones – air and naval – targeting the port city of Sevastopol, home to the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet, as well as other settlements on the peninsula.
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